Tell us about puppy breeders

New rules to protect pets and crack down on rogue breeders are in force from this month.


The regulations mean anyone running a business involving animals, whether selling or boarding, will need a licence from their local council.

Staff from Folkestone & Hythe District Council will be carrying out spot checks on people advertising puppies or kittens for sale, and are also encouraging residents to report any concerns about breeders.

Cllr Dick Pascoe, Cabinet Member for Property Management and Environmental Health, said it was a welcome change that would improve animal welfare.

The regulations will help to end the practice of over-breeding, or selling puppies that are too young or that have not had the right start to life.
If people want to buy a puppy, they will be able to do so with confidence knowing that the breeder has to comply with strict animal welfare standards.
Businesses will be given a star rating so customers can see how they measure up, and who is complying with the optional best practice guidelines. Cllr Dick Pascoe, Cabinet Member for Property Management and Environmental Health

The regulations came into force on 1 October across England and mean sellers must include their licence number in any advertisement - including online or on social media.

Dealing in puppies or kittens that are less than eight weeks old will be banned, and puppies must be shown with their mother before a sale can take place.

There are five types of business that will need a licence:

·         Selling an animal as a pet

·         Providing or arranging boarding for cats or dogs outside of the animal's home, whether overnight or day care

·         Hiring out horses

·         Breeding dogs

·         Keeping or training animals for commercial exhibition

Anyone who already holds a licence under the old scheme does not need to apply for a new one until the original one is due to expire.

Published on 17 October 2018